It's not a fun illness, and Martin and I will be seriously discussing having my tonsils removed before we leave in three months since the last thing I want to do is go through surgery the minute we step off the plane in a foreign (to me) country. Luckily, you don't need your tonsils to work in order to type...
Bed Linens. After two days of chills and sweats, mine were put to good use and now thoroughly covered in strep throat ickiness. As my children are being taken care of by others as I wait for the antibiotics to do their magic I at least have the time and energy to change the sheets on my bed and air out the comforter.
|Duvet, pillows, and blanket airing out on our playscape.|
|There was a fly on my comforter when I took this picture! A fly!! See what happens when you air stuff outside?! YUCK!|
And this got me to thinking. In just about every Polish yard or terrace you will find this....
|The big metal bars. The picture is blurry because it had the least amount of people in it and I wanted to use one that didn't show too many family members without asking their permission. I hope Kasia and Karolina will forgive me! (taken 7 years ago)|
It is expressly for throwing the duvet and pillows over the bars and letting them air out. As well as beating rugs and what not. Again, not something that I really grew up doing. We vacuumed the rugs and then maybe shook them out but never really beat them.
Back to the bed linens themselves.
The beds are made with a fitted sheet and a duvet with a duvet cover, that's it. No regular sheet in between the duvet and the fitted sheet. Ever.
I remember commenting on this the first time I slept on a bed in Poland. I remarked how there was no sheet between me and the comforter. I thought it was kind of icky. I was taught that the sheet between the fitted and the comforter was to keep the comforter from actually touching your body so you don't have to wash it as often, especially since a lot of the comforters I had growing up were "dry-clean" only or wouldn't really get clean in the washer.
It really is just a cultural thing, and I suppose one that is more European than expressly Polish. I do know that my mother, from whom I learned all my homemaking skills, would never make a bed without a fitted and regular sheet. And I dare say she might find it a bit tacky to have your personal bed linens airing out for all to see. But that's how they do it, and that's how we'll do it. (usually I just wash everything in my super huge washing machine, but we all know that would never work).
In Poland, do the sheet sets come with a regular sheet too and they never get used or is the set a fitted sheet and then a duvet cover to fit the correct size mattress and duvet?
Guess I'll find out the first time I buy sheets. And I guess we'll have to install one of those bar thingy's in our backyard, which are clearly good for so many other things than just airing out your dirty duvet. I can just imagine how many different ways the boys will find to injure themselves...